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I think I may have figured out pleats
Old 04-03-2020, 09:34 PM
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At least I hope I've mastered them enough to get these masks made.

I'm dipping into my fabric stash so my quilt will have to wait for a bit.


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Old 04-03-2020, 10:18 PM
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The pleats look good. You have a crafting talent. Whoever uses them are lucky.
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Old 04-04-2020, 03:51 AM
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Please share- what did you figure out when making them?
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Old 04-04-2020, 04:09 AM
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Looks great! The recipients will be grateful!
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Here is a lot of information
Old 04-04-2020, 05:41 AM
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and a youtube on how to make masks.

A friend made a mask for me and my DH, now I am making a few to give to others, since the person who was making masks brought my sewing machine back to me.

https://www.vox.com/the-goods/2020/4...made-tutorials


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Old 04-04-2020, 05:45 AM
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Looks great.

Oh how I wish I still had a sewing machine so I could make myself a mask. Id love to have one.
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Old 04-04-2020, 06:06 AM
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I bought a sewing machine at 3 am. The one I've had since 1972 broke while working on some heavy fabric. We'll use bandanas until then, bit we're not going out. What was tricky about the pleats, I wonder? They look good to me.
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Old 04-04-2020, 06:16 AM
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The tricky part is the fabric is so thick it requires some serious tension adjustment or you end up with some crazy stuff happening with the bobbin thread. I now know that if I hear my bobbin thingy click, I need to adjust tension unless I want a date with Jack the Ripper.

Also, triple stitching the pleats helps a ton on it keeping its shape correctly.
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Old 04-04-2020, 07:26 AM
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Amiga- did you see the post going around facebook on making a no sew mask out of a bandana? It looks pretty good. Have any bandanas?
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Old 04-04-2020, 07:32 AM
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Kahlua, unfortunately, I did a really good job of decluttering when I downsized. No more bandanas. I do have a long scarf I’ll wrap lovingly (and I’m thinking maybe hold in place with 1 of my zillion walking visors) for my second trip to the grocery store. Fortunately, that’s the only place I need to go.


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Old 04-04-2020, 07:40 AM
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I made some like the ones Zephie posted (the pleats were weirdly explained) and I went to the store yesterday. I left my mask laying on the kitchen counter.

Now I need to make a couple so we can have them in the cars (dh, dd'sx2) and have some in the wash. I need to send a couple to my own parents. I have to get my butt in gear and get them done. I will let you know if I have time to get a couple done for you, too. I don't mind mailing them, I just need to finish them.

Weird how hard it is to get something done with all this time on my hands.
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Old 04-04-2020, 07:51 AM
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(((kahlua)))
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Old 04-04-2020, 08:07 AM
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Zephie--do your masks have "nonvwoven filter fabric" in between the front and back?

the pattern i found a couple weeks back called for it: https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/hea...al-face-masks/

but it was very difficult to find. i ordered some and some bias tape. (i am not a sewer--i have tons of thread and fabric--to make napkins from.)

but i haven't received that filter fabric yet and am thinking i might just want to make a mask with several layers since it might be a while--if ever...

i "made" the bandana mask with rubber bands the other day and went to the store. it would have been fine for a quick trip, but we needed pretty much everything, so it was a long trip. my ears hurt (rubber bands were NEW and tight). the bandana was smooshed against my nose, flattening it a bit--it was a little difficult to breath, and quite difficult to talk). better than nothing, but i'll need to experiment with making it looser if i use again.
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Old 04-04-2020, 08:11 AM
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These are 2 layer cotton fabric sewn to the specifications my friend gave me. There paramedic team needs cotton masks to protect n95s.
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Old 04-04-2020, 08:17 AM
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I don't think these homemade masks are supposed to be hospital quality. I think what they will do is make people aware of touching your face, and "help" filter out (or in). They aren't going to stop you from getting or transmitting the virus if you stand face to face with someone who is coughing and carries the virus, but they should help you from transmitting or receiving the virus using sensible precautions.

I did make some of mine with a layer of cotton between the layers. It gets heavy and bulkier. My dh won't wear the ones with the extra layer in them, but will wear the ones with 2 layers. That sounds better to me than nothing.
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Old 04-04-2020, 08:24 AM
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I used puppy pads on dgd's bed upstairs to keep the mattress and sheets dry during potty training/naps. Yesterday I watched a video where the seamstress used the white part of the pad as a filter to insert into breathable homemade masks. It was inventive and creative.
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Old 04-04-2020, 08:48 AM
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thanks, Zephie! i was wondering what people were doing with the more lightweight masks--that makes sense!
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Old 04-04-2020, 08:56 AM
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I have many friends and family members who work in healthcare and they have said this style has been the best they have seen/used... no pleats so a little easier!

https://www.craftpassion.com/face-mask-sewing-pattern/


The like the curve at the top as the other ones rub the bottom of their eyes or their eye covering and they all like the ones that have a pocket for a filter.

I have seen some people cutting up reusable shopping bags to use as their fabric, most are made of polypropylene which is pretty durable.
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Old 04-04-2020, 02:39 PM
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Thanks, Zephie. I sewed a few today. Got easier with practice.
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Old 04-04-2020, 04:32 PM
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I am making the ones like you show in your picture. My son says that is the kind they are wearing at the elderly care facility. I need to do a few more.
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